Laurens de Graaf > BarentsKrans > The Hague, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

Lange Voorhout 3
2514 EA The Hague

Work Department

Employment law


Laurens de Graaf is a partner in our Employment Law department. He counsels many national and international companies in organizational restructurings, collective dismissals, employee consultation processes and individual employment matters. Laurens is an experienced litigator, who has argued high-profile cases at every court level, including the Supreme Court. Some of Laurens’ most notable clients are active in the aviation, energy, IT, and (international) transportation industries. Laurens regularly publishes articles in the field of employment law and is a lecturer for PALA, a post-academic specialisation for employment lawyers.


Laurens graduated from Utrecht University in 2008, where he obtained a masters degree in Corporate, Social and Economic Law. During his studies, he put a heavy emphasis on employment law and labour law. In 2007, Laurens spent two semesters at Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law (USA). He wrote his thesis about employers’ liability law in the USA and The Netherlands, for which he received the Capra Thesis Prize 2008 (best thesis on employment law in The Netherlands). In 2008, Laurens joined BarentsKrans’ Labour Law department and in 2016 he became partner.


Dutch, English (fluent)


  • Lecturer for PALA (a post-academic specialization course for employment lawyers)
  • Co-author of SDU Commentaar Arbeidsrecht (a handbook on Dutch employment law)
  • Member of the Association of Dutch Employment Lawyers (VAAN)
  • Member of the National Employment Law Association (VVA)
  • Member of the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA)


Grotius Academy, postacademic specialization course in Employment law (with high honors) (2013) / Utrecht University, degree in Dutch law (2008) / Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law (2007-2008)

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Employment

(Leading individuals)

Laurens de GraafBarentsKrans

BarentsKrans‘ litigation-focused employment practice routinely represents clients before the courts of appeal and the Supreme Court, and is often sought out by clients seeking to reverse decisions made by the lower courts. Key issues addressed by the practice include TUPE disputes, collective employment matters, and disputes involving non-standard workers. Litigation specialist Max Keulaerds, who stands out for his prowess in appeals cases, co-leads the team with Laurens de Graaf, who is also an expert in litigation and handles cases related to complex reorganisations, collective dismissals, and integration processes. Supreme Court litigator Frank Dekker is also noted for his expertise in high-level employment cases.